Where did the Dixiecrats go?
Contrary to legend, it made no sense for them to join with the Republican Party, which is the party of civil rights achievements. The answer is, they returned to the Democrat party and rejoined others such as George Wallace, Orval Faubus, Lester Maddox, and Ross Barnett. Interestingly, of the 26 known Dixiecrats (5 governors and 21 senators) only three ever became Republicans: Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and Mills E. Godwind, Jr. The segregationists in the Senate, on the other hand, would return to their party and fight against the Civil Rights acts of 1957, 1960 and 1964.
Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz is the President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY & Sr. Corporate Chaplain of NY.
It’s rare that something like a cabinet appointment gets much attention this early into the lame duck session. However, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not staying on for President Obama’s second term, all eyes are on the candidate who will replace the politician who has undoubtedly become the most invaluable member of the president’s cabinet.
Even after falling on the sword for Benghazi, Secretary Clinton has been something of a Teflon secretary. Unlike Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano or Tim Geithner, bad news does not seem to stick to her. Now she’s due to leave next year, and the most likely candidate to replace her is…
Susan Rice? (more…)
Before the 2008 election a white pastor friend of mine asked to meet with me. He wanted my advice and counsel on how to deal with the discussions within his congregation regarding the election and what I thought would happen as a result of the election. Some of his members supported Obama and others supported McCain.
After a healthy discussion on the Bible and Politics, I predicted that Obama would win in part because Americans were tired of the war in Iraq and because Obama was well educated, good looking, very articulate, America’s first black candidate and because many whites wanted to prove that they were not prejudice – but his presidency (from a racial standpoint) will divide us, not unite us. Why? Because there will be those in the media and in his camp who will not hesitate to play the race card when whites disagreed with his policies. Well, we all know my first prediction came true, he is the President, but sadly, we see the second one coming true as well. Those who disagree with his policies are being called racist. (more…)
Normally, when it comes to government programs that attempt to address ethnic bigotry, I am a total critic. Policies that include contemporary affirmative action actually turned out to encourage discrimination rather than discourage unfairness when it comes to certain groups of people.
The original affirmative action ruled out race as a factor. Contemporary affirmative action leads to the underdevelopment of those who did not really obtain success through candid competition; but rather through policies that reward failure and penalize someone else’s achievement.
As a Republican, I understand that laws must be initiated that would prevent citizens from being deprived of their human and citizenship rights by other citizens. In January of 1865, Republican President Lincoln prompted Congress to enact the Thirteenth Amendment ending slavery. The Civil War ended that same year when General Lee surrendered on April 9 with Lincoln being assassinated 6 days later. (more…)